Islay Single Malt Whisky, ‘Sanaig’, Kilchoman Distillery
Anthony Wills and his wife, Kathy, created Kilchoman from a collection of derelict farm buildings in 2005, and in doing so, established the first new distillery on Islay in over 124 years. Their passion for whisky has transformed Kilchoman from a dream into a celebrated reality. The small team at this farm distillery controls as many aspects of the production process as possible, from growing their own barley, to floor malting the grain on site, to operating the stills by hand. Their resulting Single Malt Whiskies have become highly-prized ambassadors of this next generation of Islay producers.
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This continuously available release is the namesake of Sanaig, a small, rocky inlet located northwest of the distillery. The whisky has a predominantly sherry cask influence owing to the significant amount of time spent in Oloroso sherry Hogsheads. These aged Oloroso casks contribute a drastically transformed depth of color and character compared to the mostly Bourbon cask-matured Machir Bay. The sherry maturation is balanced with classic Islay peat and light citrus sweetness.
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